He said: “I don’t want to have to explain to your parents why you didn’t graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don’t identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course.”
Prof Quinn also added a requirement for those who came forward complete a four hour course in ethics. In return there would be no permanent record of the cheating.
So far more than 200 students have admitted to cheating.
A video of the 15-minute lecture is included with the story. Link -via reddit
This professor is bluffing. Like he said, he can estimate who cheated but he can never be certain. Calling it "forensic analysis" sounds scary enough. I don't even bother to cheat on exams because having a high GPA means little to me.
For those of you who are against blaming professors/schools, a lot of them really don't put in effort to actually teach well. It's the always the same thing around exam time: binge and purge. A hundred multiple choice questions that tests your memorization skills, not how well you know the material.
What the test was, how it was done, etc., has nothing to do with that fact that the students still cheated. My school has a no tolerance policy that everyone knows about and I cannot believe that this professor got away with making a "deal" with the dean.